Editor Seeks Successful Small Business Plans for Possible Inclusion In Acclaimed Business Plans Reference Handbook

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Editor Seeks Successful Business Plans for Possible Inclusion In Acclaimed Business Plans Handbook, 12th Edition ~ Small Business Plans to be Featured in Major Book Published by National Reference Publisher

Think your business plan is so outstanding it could be published as a model for other entrepreneurs in a major business plan reference book? Here’s your chance to make it happen.

San Antonio-based editor Lisa Bastian is seeking exemplary business plans for inclusion in the 12th edition of Business Plans Handbook (BPH), a collection of actual business plans used by entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses throughout North America. The BPH series is published by The Gale Group of Farmington Hills, Michigan, a division of Thomson Gale (the world leader in e-research and educational publishing for libraries, schools and businesses).

“People seeking advice on how to write a business plan can turn to myriad books on the market for advice,” notes Bastian, who has worked on four prior BPH editions. “However, few books offer dozens of ‘real-life’ successful, quality plans like those showcased in our product. All the sample plans, representing the manufacturing, retail and service industries, are published almost exactly as they were presented to lenders. We just fictionalize the names of products, company personnel, locations and other identifying information.”

Scheduled for publication October 2006, BPH-12 will feature about two dozen plans and fill over 500 pages. Like previous BPH editions, it will be marketed as a business plan reference guide to major public libraries and universities nationwide. (Pricing should be similar to BPH-11, selling for $160+.) Besides fictionalized business plans, most BPH editions contain a business plan template; a listing of helpful organizations, agencies, and consultants; a glossary of small business terms; and an updated bibliography.

To be considered for inclusion in BPH-12, Bastian says a business plan should meet certain criteria. Each plan must: 1) have been used by a small- to medium-sized North American company, 2) have successfully raised start-up monies for the business, 3) be well written, 4) be between 5 and 40 pages long, and include at least 2 to 5 pages of the most important financial pages, 5) have been used between mid-2003 and December 2005. In addition, business plans chosen typically include type a statement of purpose; executive summary; business or industry description; market; product and production; management/personnel; and financial specifics.

Bastian asks potential plan contributors to contact her by phone at (210) 404-1839 until April 30. “I’m limited to the number of plans I can accept,” she says, “so it’s advantageous to send them to me as early as possible for review.” For BPH-12 Bastian is hoping to find at least one plan from each of the childcare, massage therapy and spa businesses categories. “Unfortunately, restaurant plans will not be selected this year as we already have enough in our inventory,” she points out.

Contributors will receive one copy of BPH-12 for contributing as well as an acknowledgement in the book’s front matter and a full business listing in the resource section. “The best part about being a contributor,” Says Bastian, “is the satisfaction received from knowing your business plan has been recognized as a business tool to be emulated in an esteemed reference product.”


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